Originally Posted by Beingist
Just wanted to ask--does this mean that you chose to be physical in the first place, as well the circumstances of your physicality?
According to the teachings, yes. But choices are usually of a very general nature so that you don't really care if you are born healthy wealthy and wise or sick and poor and stupid because you can get to where you want from wherever you are so the starting point of your journey doesn't really matter.
Like I use to say, it's not about content. It's about being fully in the NOW, ie the vortex. Which means seeing things from a broader, impersonal, instinctual/intuitive perspective and not getting bogged down with personal nitty-gritty. Abraham stated that the ideal life would be 95% in the vortex and only 5% out. The 5% out would create enough contrast (contrast means variety
to choose from and not unwanted stuff, btw!) to never let you run out of desires and the 95% in would ensure that every step along the way would be joyous.